Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOHN QUINCY DRINKARD is one of the men who early invaded the wilds of Douglas county and has fought steadily on through all sorts of reverses, overcoming obstacles and finally winning a success of which he is eminently worthy.  He was born in Grundy county, Missouri, on April 1, 1857, being the son of William and Martha (Wilson) Drinkard.  The mother was born in North Carolina and the father in Missouri.  He took part with the Confederates in the Civil War.  In 1865, the family came across the plains to Linn county, Oregon, where our subject received his education and grew to manhood.  In 1886 he left that country and located in Douglas county.  He took a preemption and homestead.  His land is well improved with good buildings and is farmed to small grain almost entirely.  Mr. Drinkard also has some cattle and horses.  He has won considerable property and is one of the well-to-do men in this portion of the county.  The earlier years here were fraught with much hardship and self denial.  Mr. Drinkard has five brothers and four sisters, James O., William J., Robert, George W., Homer, Mrs. Flora B. Taylor, Anne, Mrs. Etta Taylor and Mrs. Hattie Jenks.
     At Colfax, Washington, on September 25, 1887, Mr.  Drinkard married Miss Sarah, daughter of Silas and Mary Pearl Keeney, pioneers of Oregon.  Mrs. Drinkard was born in Linn county, Oregon, on July 13, 1864 and died September 20, 1892.  She had one half brother, Enoch, and one sister, Mrs. Laura Taylor.  To Mr. and Mrs. Drinkard two children were born, Vera Grace, on November 6, 1888 and Ada Etta, on March 18, 1890, the former in Linn county, Oregon, and the latter in Douglas county.  Mr. Drinkard contracted a second marriage on January 16, 1897, Anna McHargue, the daughter of Z. Taylor and Malvina (Boyce) McHargue, natives of Missouri, becoming his bride at that time.  Mrs. Drinkard was born in Grundy county, Missouri, on March 15, 1873.
     Mr. Drinkard is a member of the Maccabees while he and his wife are adherents of the Methodist church.